What’s next after spring cleaning?

Compiled by Dale Villeburn Old Coyote

It’s March, time to get out of the house and embrace spring. Thankfully, there are plenty of great opportunities for food and fun to get you up and moving.

Lord of the Wings: March 4

Forty restaurants will submit their best wings to compete for the title of “Lord of the Wings” from noon-4 p.m. at Rillito Park Race Track, 4502 N. First Ave.

In addition to sampling wings, attendees can choose among 30 craft beers. Other activities include live music, carnival rides, challenges and a hot wing eating competition. The event is for ages 21 and over. Ticket prices are $40 general admission, $85 for a VIP package.

Details: eventbrite.com/e/lord-of-the-wings-tickets-30945470736aff=es2


Tucson Festival of Books: March 11-12

Visit the state’s largest gathering of literary authors, book discussions, workshops and activities during the ninth annual Tucson Festival of Books at the University of Arizona.

Activities run 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. both days. The event is free to attend and free parking is available.

 Details: tucsonfestivalofbooks.org


St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival: March 17

 An hour-long parade starts at 11 a.m. at Stone Avenue and 16th Street, and will end at Armory Park on South Sixth Avenue.

A festival featuring Irish music, dance and entertainment will take place at Armory Park from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The park includes a children’s play area, and vendors that will sell food and merchandise.

 Details: tucsonstpatricksday.com


Civil War in the Southwest: March 18-19

 Spectators can see what life was like for soldiers in the 1860s when re-enactors battle from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. each day at Picacho Peak State Park off Interstate 10, west of Tucson.

The vehicle entrance fee is $10 for up to four people. Food and beverages will be sold onsite.

For more information, call (520) 466-3183.

Details: azstateparks.com/parks/pipe

Re-enactors fire a cannon during a 2015 Civil War in the Southwest battle at Picacho Peak State Park. (Nick Meyers/Aztec Press 2015)

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